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Good morning! Our favorite thing to do is fry up sizzling hot AI insights … just for you. 😃

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Today’s Menu

Appetizer: Character AI releases calling feature 📞

Entrée: Microsoft AI CEO says Web content is okay to steal 🥷

Dessert: Zuckerberg criticizes closed-source competitors 🤖


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Ever wish you could talk on the phone with AI-created characters and celebrities? Now you can! 😃

What’s new? Character.AI launched a new feature that allows users to talk to customizable AI characters over voice calls.

Want the details? Character AI tested the calling feature ahead of the public launch, reporting that over 3 million users made more than 20 million calls successfully. This tool, besides being purely fun, offers practical applications like practicing language skills, conducting mock interviews, or enhancing role-playing game experiences. This new feature builds on Character Voice, launched in March, which allows users to create and hear customizable characters speak. The new calling feature supports multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

How does it work? Initiating a call is simple and straightforward. After creating their AI character through a series of prompts (or selecting an existing character created by another user), users can begin their call with the tap of a button, enjoying a smooth experience with reduced latency. During the call, users are able to interrupt the AI with a “Tap to interrupt” option and seamlessly switch between calling and texting as they desire.


I found a hilarious joke, but it was copyrighted … 😞

What happened? Microsoft AI CEO Mustafa Suleyman said anything published on the open Web becomes “freeware” that anyone can freely copy and use for AI training.

What did he say? The ability of AI companies to access publicly available online content for training their models has been highly controversial, leading to numerous lawsuits. Suleyman offered a controversial position: “I think that with respect to content that’s already on the open Web, the social contract of that content since the ‘90s has been that it is fair use. Anyone can copy it, recreate with it, reproduce with it. That has been ‘freeware,’ if you like, that’s been the understanding.” Although this position might seem radical, he did clarify instances where the content should not be used to train AI models: “There’s a separate category where a website, or a publisher, or a news organization had explicitly said ‘do not scrape or crawl me for any other reason than indexing me so that other people can find this content.’ That’s a grey area, and I think it’s going to work its way through the courts.”


I knew the robots would eventually revolt against themselves … 😆

What’s up? In a recent interview with Kane Sutter, Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of open-source AI development, critiquing competitors who hoard the technology for profits.

What did he say? In the interview, Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of community-driven AI development. He stated, “I don’t think that AI technology is a thing that should be kind of hoarded and … that one company gets to use it to build whatever central, single product that they’re building.” He sees this competitive, closed-source approach as a “turnoff” in the tech industry. “I find it a pretty big turnoff when people in the tech industry talk about building this ‘one true AI’ … It’s almost as if they think they’re creating God or something, and I don’t think that’s how this plays out.”

Why is this significant? Zuckerberg’s comments align with pushback from Elon Musk against OpenAI. Musk has continually criticized OpenAI for their profit-driven approaches, even to the point of pressing a lawsuit (which he dropped). He recently stated, “If Apple integrates OpenAI at the OS level, then Apple devices will be banned at my companies.” Some believe this pushback from Zuckerberg and Musk is a genuine call for open-source development, but others believe it’s a helpless beacon for OpenAI to slow down so they can catch up.



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